Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
She's darling. :3
In my opinion, coming from 10 years of raising kittens, I think 8 weeks is the absolute youngest that a kitten should be taken from its mother. Preferably 10-12 weeks. It's just better for them that way.
Buying a quality kitten food is important, too. Kittens need twice the nutrients that adult cats do because they're growing.
And lastly... It sounds like those kittens have eye infections, and yes, it is contagious. Keep a close eye on your kitty. If she starts developing an infection, get her into the vet right away so they can put her on antibiotics. If you let it go, it'll keep getting worse, and can cause permanent damage. I recently adopted an orphaned 5 week old kitten who had such a bad eye infection that her eyes were practically glued shut. She's better now, but it's left her partially blind, and she has a mass (possibly a coronary ulcer) in her right eye that has to be surgically removed. So it's very important to take care of any problems as soon as you notice them. :) Good luck with your new kitty.
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